National Minerals Information Center

Publications

The Center conducts analyses of and develops information on minerals-related issues, including minerals conservation, sustainability, availability, materials flow, and the economic health of the U.S. minerals industry. 

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Historical and Time Series Data

Historical and Time Series Data

A compilation of data on mineral production, imports, exports, stocks, reported and apparent consumption publications.

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Periodic Publications

A subset of our monthly, quarterly, and annual publications

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Special Publications

Special Publications

Fact Sheets - Short introductions to mineral commodities, materials flow, and supply chain topics

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Year Published: 2004

Mineral resource of the month: feldspar

The United States is the third leading producer of feldspar worldwide, after Italy and Turkey, according to data published by the U.S. Geological Survey. Foreign analysts indicate that China is also a leading feldspar producer, but official production data are not available. Feldspars are aluminum silicate minerals that contain varying proportions...

Potter, Michael J.
Mineral resource of the month: feldspar; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Potter, Michael J.

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Mineral resource of the month: lead

The United States is a major producer and consumer of refined lead, representing almost one quarter of total world production and consumption. Two mines in Alaska and six in Missouri accounted for 97 percent of domestic lead production in 2002. The United States also imports enough refined lead to satisfy almost 20 percent of domestic consumption...

Smith, Gerald R.
Mineral resource of the month: lead; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Smith, Gerald R.

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Mineral resource of the month: rare earths

As if classified as a top-secret project, the rare earths have been shrouded in secrecy. The principal ore mineral of the group, bastnäsite, rarely appears in the leading mineralogy texts. The long names of the rare-earth elements and some unusual arrangements of letters, many Scandinavian in origin, may have intimidated even those skilled in...

Hedrick, James B.
Mineral resource of the month: rare earths; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Hedrick, James B.

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Nitrogen

Ammonia is the principal source of fixed nitrogen. It was produced by 17 companies at 34 plants in the United States during 2003. Fifty-three percent of U.S. ammonia production capacity was centered in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas because of their large reserves of natural gas, the dominant domestic feedstock.

Kramer, D.A.
Nitrogen; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Kramer, D. A.

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Mineral resource of the month: copper

Beryllium metal is lighter than aluminum and stiffer than steel. These and other properties, including its strength, dimensional stability, thermal properties and reflectivity, make it useful for aerospace and defense applications, such as satellite and space-vehicle structural components. Beryllium’s nuclear properties, combined with its low...

Edelstein, Daniel L.
Mineral resource of the month: copper; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Edelstein, Daniel L.

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Mineral resource of the month: lead

The United States is a major producer and consumer of refined lead, representing almost one quarter of total world production and consumption. Two mines in Alaska and six in Missouri accounted for 97 percent of domestic lead production in 2002. The United States also imports enough refined lead to satisfy almost 20 percent of domestic consumption...

Guberman, David
Mineral resource of the month: lead; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Guberman, David

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Mineral resource of the month: molybdenum

Molybdenum is a metallic element that is most frequently used in alloy and stainless steels, which together represent the single largest market for molybdenum. Molybdenum has also proven invaluable in carbon steel, cast iron and superalloys. Its alloying versatility is unmatched because its addition enhances material performance under high-stress...

Magyar, Michael J.
Mineral resource of the month: molybdenum; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Magyar, Michael J.

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Mineral resource of the month: tantalum

Tantalum is a metal that is critical to the United States because of its defense-related applications in aircraft, missiles and radio communications. It is ductile, easily fabricated, highly resistant to corrosion by acids, a good conductor of heat and electricity, and has a high melting point. Tantalum’s first commercial usage was as filament...

Cunningham, Larry D.
Mineral resource of the month: tantalum; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Cunningham, Larry D.

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Mineral Commodity Summaries 2004

Published on an annual basis, this report is the earliest Government publication to furnish estimates covering nonfuel mineral industry data. Data sheets contain information on the domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, and 5-year salient statistics for over 90 individual minerals and materials.

Mineral Commodity Summaries 2004; 2004; MINERAL; 2004; U.S. Geological Survey

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Ball clay

Part of the 2002 industrial minerals review. Statistics on ball clay consumption, production, prices, trade, and trends are presented.

Virta, R.L.
Ball clay; 2003; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Bentonite

Part of the 2002 industrial minerals review. Production, consumption, cost, and trade data for bentonite during 2002 are presented. Predictions on bentonite markets in 2003 are also provided.

Virta, R.
Bentonite; 2003; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R.

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Common clay and shale

Part of the 2002 industrial minerals review. The production, consumption, and price of shale and common clay in the U.S. during 2002 are discussed. The impact of EPA regulations on brick and structural clay product manufacturers is also outlined.

Virta, R.L.
Common clay and shale; 2003; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.